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Rappler's latest stories on lungs


New research shows why non-smokers get serious lung condition

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:17 AM

The authors of a new study say it's linked to how certain people's lungs developed earlier on in their lives

ASH. A smoker holds a cigarette in central Sydney on August 15, 2012. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Rappler Talk: Dr Antonio Ramos on how Lung Center is fighting the pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Dr Antonio Ramos, director for Administrative Services, discusses how the Lung Center is coping against the odds in the fight against COVID-19

FALSE: Drinking water 'washes' coronavirus, prevents it from entering lungs

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The World Health Organization and the Lung Center of the Philippines say that drinking water will not prevent a coronavirus infection

DOH designates Jose Rodriguez, building at UP-PGH as coronavirus hospitals

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Health Secretay Francisco Duque III acts on the urgent appeal of medical industry leaders

EXCLUSIVE FOR COVID-19 SOON. The facade of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH gov't eyes turning Lung Center into hospital exclusive for coronavirus cases

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:27 PM

But Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the proposal still 'needs further study,' as several patients without COVID-19 are still confined at the Lung Center of the Philippines

COVID-19 HOSPITAL SOON? The facade of the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of

4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

At least 250 vapes confiscated in Central Visayas

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

At least 100 vapes are confiscated in Cebu alone. No arrests are made in the crackdown on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices.

CONFISCATED. At least 250 confiscated Vapes from Central Visayas are confiscated. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Duterte warns judges against challenging vape ban

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The President's remark is the latest show of disregard for the independence of the judiciary and the role of lawyers

WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte warns judges against interfering with his crackdown on vaping devices. Malacañang photo

Duterte to ban use, importation of vape devices

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's order comes after the Department of Health confirmed the first Evali case in the country

DOH confirms 1st case of vaping-related illness in PH

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A 16-year-old girl from the Visayas is the first confirmed case of e-cigarette or vape-associated lung injury in the Philippines

Vaping-related illness sickens over 500 in U.S.

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:13 AM

More than half the cases involved patients under 25 years of age and three-quarters were men, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018 a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on September 18, 2019, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP)

Uruguay's tobacco-fighting president battling lung cancer

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, a trained oncologist and champion in the fight against tobacco, is diagnosed with lung cancer

(FILES) In this file picture taken on November 14, 2017 Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez speaks during a message to medias at the National Palace in Mexico City. - Vazquez, a trained oncologist and champion in the fight against tobacco, suffers from lung cancer, his doctor confirmed on August 23, 2019. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP)

U.S. probes link between vaping and lung disease as patient dies

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:45 AM

United States health authorities are investigating if e-cigarette use is linked to nearly 200 cases of severe lung illness

Lung Center flagged for millions in unremitted benefits for patients

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:54 PM

P22.6 million of the amount comes from Philhealth which should have been refunded to patients who are also members

Photo of the Lung Center from the Lung Center of the Philippines Facebook Page

Indonesia earthquake: Cancer-stricken disaster spokesperson battles on

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Illness or death is in God's hands, but while I'm still alive I still want to do my best to serve others,' says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has Stage IV lung cancer

UPDATES. This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Diego Castro: from teen idol to news anchor to cancer awareness advocate

May 24, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Knowing how harrowing cancer can be for patients and their loved ones, Diego positions himself as a mouthpiece of hope

Singing for the fight against cancer

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Actor Diego Castro, together with Hope from Within, call for lung cancer awareness through a night of music

Modern Cantonese delicacies at Lung Hin

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

With the number of Cantonese restaurants opening left and right Lung Hin hits the right notes and appeases your cravings

Big tobacco wins in smoke-friendly Southeast Asia, says report

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The report says some of the world's highest concentrations of tobacco users are in Indonesia, where 76.2 percent of males aged 15 or older smoke; Vietnam, and the Philippines

Study finds Indonesia, Philippines among highest number of smokers in the world

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:04 AM

A study reveals that global smoking deaths are up by 5 since 1990 and shows that the percentage of smokers in Indonesia and the Philippines have not dropped since then

One big resolution: world's fattest man aims for half

Dec 22, 2016 - 1:32 PM

The man known as Juan Pedro has diabetes high blood pressure and chronic lung obstruction and needs to reduce his weight dramatically to reduce his health risks

 Mexican 32-year-old Juan Pedro Franco, who weighs almost 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) answers questions during a press conference at the hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 21, 2016. Photo by Héctor Guerrero/AFP

New lung transplant technique could save lives – study

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:41 AM

The new method could help keep lungs outside the human body for over 12 hours without significantly harming their eventual recipient s chances of survival

NEW TECHNIQUE. Getting the organs to recipients is the difference between life and death for people on wait lists. File photo from Wikipedia

Miriam Santiago in hospital, but not in ICU – family

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:29 AM

The former senator is continuing her cancer treatment in a private room not in an intensive care unit says her daughter in law

THE FEISTY ONE. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago during the campaign season of the 2016 elections. Photo courtesy of MDS Media

Miriam Santiago leaves hospital

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:49 AM

The senator who has lung cancer is discharged from the Makati Medical Center a week after she was rushed to the hospital due to a complication

FEISTY SENATOR. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago addresses students of the Bulacan State University on April 18, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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Jun 01, 2016 - 8:20 PM

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WHO approves new, faster treatment for drug-resistant TB

May 13, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The new regimen which WHO will now encourage all its member states to adopt lasts up to 9 months easing the burden on patients and possibly curing more than 80 of cases

NEW TREATMENT. Patients sit on their beds in the Multi-drug-resistant ward of the government-run Tuberculosis (TB) hospital, on the eve of World Tuberculosis Day in Amritsar, India,  March 23, 2013. File photo by Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Legalize medical marijuana? 'No, but let's talk' – Santiago

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Santiago who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014 says she has never thought of using medical marijuana

Screengrab from ABS-CBN

Osmeña on 'sick' Miriam: It's just a 4-way presidential race

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The re electionist senator says voting for a sick candidate is very dangerous

Visibly weak Miriam Santiago shows up with pick up lines

Feb 09, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Diagnosed with lung cancer the presidential aspirant attends her first out of town campaign sortie


Dec 29, 2015 - 5:54 PM

That cough may be something worse Here are the signs symptoms and tips on how to cope with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Miriam Santiago: Like Jimmy Carter, I can beat cancer

Dec 08, 2015 - 3:09 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago hails the announcement of former US President Jimmy Carter that his recent brain scan found no sign of cancer

FIGHTING CANCER. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (right) says she can beat cancer, like former US President Jimmy Carter. Santiago's photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler; Carter's photo from public domain

Miriam: Fighting corruption made me run despite health

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:29 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago whose Senate speeches are usually fiery and lengthy speaks for only about 5 minutes and has difficulty walking and standing

YOUTH'S CANDIDATE? Miriam Defensor Santiago asks the crowd at the University of the Philippines: 'Do you want a clean, courageous government? If that is the case, do you want me?' Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

My reply to Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

I would offer a compromise: release only those documents that go to the status of your lung cancer: diagnosis treatment course current status I would even accept a medical certificate from any of your doctors that a cure has indeed occurred

#AnimatED: Public interest trumps privacy

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Challenge for Miriam Defensor Santiago: be the first presidential candidate to disclose health records

Miriam Santiago: I will not release my medical records

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Will the presidential aspirant show proof that she is indeed cleared of stage 4 lung cancer? Miriam says she won t heed the call of Rappler columnist Dr Sylvia Estrada Claudio citing her right to privacy

Senator Miriam Santiago

Dear Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:30 AM

I must ask you to release your medical records now Because if you did not receive a miracle there is a great probability that you will not survive your 6 year term – should you win

Senator Miriam Santiago

Tirso Cruz III faced cancer scare, surgery

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Tirso shares that the doctor says he s 100 cancer free

Bosh could exercise in March, be fit by September

Mar 10, 2015 - 12:18 PM

Heat star Chris Bosh sidelined with blood clots in his lungs has been cleared to do exercises but will not resume basketball activities until September

INSPIRATION. Chris Bosh, sidelined due to blood clots in his lungs, addresses the crowd at the American Airlines Arena prior to the Heat's game vs the Celtics. Screenshot from

Second-hand smoke, and why stricter tobacco control matters

Feb 28, 2015 - 4:25 PM

YouTube star Jam Sebastian says his lung cancer is the effect of many things: stress unhealthy sleeping and eating habits and second hand smoke

Heat star Bosh sidelined by lung trouble

Feb 21, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Some reports say Chris Bosh has a blood clot in his lungs but Heat coach Erick Spoelstra says It s too early for an ultimate diagnosis

HEALTH ISSUE. Miami's Chris Bosh, seen here protecting the ball against Atlanta's Paul Millsap, is dealing with some lung troubles. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Dolphy and COPD: Remembering his legacy

Feb 08, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Brothers Eric and Epy Quizon share their memories of their father and his journey with COPD

Miriam: I'll finish my term as senator in spite of cancer

Jan 23, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago updates her colleagues on her medical condition and tells them that she plans to go to the US this year for possible medical treatment

QUALIFIED MEDICAL LEAVE: Senator Santiago writes Senate President Franklin Drilon to inform him of her medical condition

16M die from 'lifestyle' diseases yearly – WHO

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:36 PM

The epidemic resulting from diseases linked to lifestyle choices including diabetes and some cancers causes a much greater public health threat than any other epidemic known to man

In this file photo, an Indonesian man smokes a cigarette in Jakarta, Indonesia 12 September 2012. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Are you at risk? 5 smoking-related diseases you should know about

Nov 19, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Learn more about the diseases that you and your loved ones should know

Trouble breathing? A disease that can kill you

Nov 07, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Know more about COPD and how it can affect your health and your loved ones’ well being

TB-diabetes co-epidemic looms, experts warn

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:31 PM

A growing link has been observed between diabetes – a disease of diet lifestyle and genes – and TB a respiratory disease spread by bacteria

Your mouth is a gateway to your health

Oct 18, 2014 - 10:30 AM

How is oral health linked to your overall health? Read on to see how good or bad oral hygiene can impact the rest of your body

Miriam: 90% of cancer cells gone

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago gives a health update to her fellow senators in compliance with the requirements of collegial courtesy

2016 RACE? Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has some running mates in mind, should she decide to take another shot at the presidency. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

VIDEO: Miriam's message to those who doubt she has lung cancer

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago shows her bandages on her fingers which she says is a side effect of her illness

MESSAGE TO CRITICS: Senator Miriam Santiago shows her bandages, says people with lung cancer are prone to bleeding

US pharmacy giant CVS ends tobacco sales

Sep 04, 2014 - 10:23 AM

The leading US drug chain is changing its name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health to reflect its broader health care commitment